Marietta First United Methodist Church

Three Little Words

by Rev. Lori Ethridge
Minister to Senior Adults

It is February, and I am beginning to think about Valentine’s Day. There are three little words, that are especially significant for this holiday, and they are, of course, “I love you”. Last week a group of senior adults accompanied me to Hapeville for the Behind the Scenes Tour of the home office of Chick-fil-A. We had a wonderful time hearing about the life and legacy of founder, Truett Cathy. He was a remarkable man, and beloved by many. It was shared on the tour that on the occasion of his 90th birthday, he was evidently honored with a company-wide celebration, in which the employees were asked, prior to the event, to describe Mr. Cathy in three words. Some of the adjectives used to describe Mr. Cathy were “humble”, “generous”, “unassuming”, “hardworking”, “selfless”, “compassionate”, “instinctive”, “industrious”, “influential”, and “loyal”. This is a pretty impressive list of words, and anyone would be delighted to have these attributes ascribed to him or her. This list of words is so compelling and inspiring, that many of these adjectives have been used to adorn the corporate office, and are displayed on every level of the five story open atrium in the center of the building housing the Chick-fil-A corporate offices.

Which three words might describe you, or someone that you love and admire? There’s no need to wait until a significant birthday, or for Valentine’s Day to say, “I love you” or to express the gospel in three little words, such as FAITH, HOPE and LOVE.